Millwall 0:2 Leicester City
Second half goals from Lookman and Iheanacho saw City hurdle Millwall at the Den in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
Brendan Rodgers made eight changes to his side for this trip to South London, but it was still a strong looking line-up, and Millwall also rested some key players.
A strange half unfolded with Millwall sitting back and City dominating possession, but the home side having more chances. The first came in the 15th minute when Cooper nodded the ball on to Leonard, who fired a 20-yarder wide. Mahoney then hit a well-struck effort that forced a good save from Ward.
As the Lions continued to offer the greater threat Pearce got a header on target.
City looked very subdued in the first half and their first attempt on goal didn’t come until just before half time when Tielemans sent a free-kick over the bar. Even then, Gary Rowett’s side had the final say of the half when Thompson landed a header onto the roof of Ward’s net.
Brendan Rodgers sent his side out unchanged, but they looked more on it and took the lead five minutes into the second half. City won possession in midfield and broke forward, Iheanacho striding forward to the edge of the area. His low shot was tipped away by Long, but only into the path of Lookman who netted his first goal for City.
Millwall had to be more adventurous now, but couldn’t find a way through. Hutchinson wasting a good chance from close in.
Rodgers brought Daka on for Lookman, and Vestergaard for Albrighton for the closing stages before Millwall’s best chance arrived in the 76th minute. A tantalising Mahoney free-kick curled across the goalmouth somehow evading everyone in a crowded area.
Iheanacho had shots blocked by Evans and Long, before putting the game to bed in the 88th minute.
Ndidi sent him down the right and he cut in and beat his marker before firing the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.
It hadn’t been a vintage performance from City, but they had done the job and now had a home tie against Brighton in the 4th round.
Millwall: Long, Hutchinson (Ballard 65), Pearce (Afobe 72), Cooper, Leonard, Mitchell, Evans, Wallace, Mahoney, Thompson (Smith 72), Bradshaw.
Substitutes: Malone, Saville, Bödvarsson, Bialkowski.
Leicester: Ward, Amartey, Söyüncü, Evans, Albrighton (Vestergaard 72), Tielemans, Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall, Thomas, Iheanacho, Lookman (Daka 69).
Substitutes: Barnes, Maddison, Castagne, Jakupovic, Soumaré.
Referee: Andy Madley.
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